Monday, July 18, 2011

Fall 2011 Preview: Monday

As many of you know, chedner and I enjoy our TV quite a bit.  This series will look at the new network shows.  With any luck, this series will show I have some sort of prowess in picking winners and I’ll be picked out of cyberspace to become a writer or network exec.  *nudge, nudge.*



2 Broke Girls, 8:30 on CBS

Two twentysomething women—one from a wealthy family, the other working class—end up working at a diner and living together trying to make ends meet.  The jokes aren't that funny and the exec. producer, Whitney Cummings, is a comedienne who isn't that funny.  Cummings’ meh-inspiring, gender-based humor didn’t keep her from scoring her own sitcom in a prime slot on NBC Thurs. (link to preview)



Terra Nova, 8:00 on FOX

Catastrophic developments force humanity to abandon Earth and colonize time/space.  Little do they know that their new world has a mysterious dark side.  Plenty of  potential as FOX didn't reveal too much in the trailer (generally a bad sign in my book). Seems to be a cross of Lost, Jurassic Park, and Avatar. A well-hidden hand with plenty of good reveals could keep this series going for a while.  (link to preview)



Hart of Dixie, 9:00 on CW

A modern version of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman that lacks the strong female lead it needs to succeed.   Rachel Bilson plays a brand new big city doctor who inherits a small-town practice, and comes off just too one note—“one note” as in “blah”; not “one note” as in the awesome Microsoft software.  Her presences is just so lukewarm. The premise is a good twist, though. Such a problem could possibly be remedied by a more ensemble focus, but they don't seem to be going that direction. (link to preview)



The Playboy Club, 10:00 on NBC

One of a few new shows aiming to bottle the Mad Men lightning, the series follows a group of playboy bunnies.   I feel like it will run out of fuel in the first half of the season. The focus on women in the 60s is a nice inversion of the Mad Men equation though Pan Am (Sundays, 10:00, ABC) I believe, has more potential.  I do hope that I’m mistaken, but it reminds me a lot of Studio 60—a good concept that slowly lost weight like a bucket with a hole in it.  If the characters in this series are presented with the depth they deserve, there’s potential for this show to make a big crybaby out of me. (link to preview)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Embarrassing Things that Make me Cry #7

I’m sharing this one because this music video follows my own interpretation of Lady Gaga’s song so much.  The official video was (let’s face it) uninspired. 

What this post deserves is an in-depth reading of the latest album as one synthesizing faith, self-confidence, and love in the face of persecution, but I won’t have time for that for a bit.  chedner and I have had a few talks about musical empowerment, so I’m glad this video brought it all to the forefront of my mind for at least a video. 


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Your Daily Madonna #1

Chedner’s convinced me I need to learn a bit more about a certain muse.  (Note his blog post on a planned Madonna musical).  I start this meandering series imagining what he might have been like as a young Madonna fan.

ME AT NINE, PERFORMING TO MADONNA IN SUMMER '91! from Robert Jeffrey on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Laugh of the Day #35

Something totally 80s-rific from my reader.

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